Gallagher is the first guest to ever walk out on Marc in the middle of an interview. You'll hear how it got to that point as the famed watermelon-smasher defends his original brand of comedy (said watermelon-smashing) and his recent strain of on-stage bon mots (which have come under fire for racist and homophobic undertones). This episode is sponsored by AdamandEve.com - click here for the special Valentine's Day WTF offer.
He spent most of his life in Tampa, Fla., and at first majored in chemical engineering at the University of Southern Florida while holding down a job as chief chemist at a Kaiser Aluminum nitric acid plant. "I could see that the liberal arts courses got you a job as a busboy."
He kept his job, but changed his major to English literature. He had a '60s social consciousness that eventually drove him out of chemistry ("I know I polluted Tampa Bay with chromates") and into a brief unhappy flirtation with advertising, prelude to an agonizing period of wandering, experiment and hard times.
(about the Veg-o-matic)
Gallagher's spirits seemed to fade with the dusky light. Darkness began creeping into the room. "One night I was watching TV. This ad for Vegamatic came on. 'Why not just smash the food?' I thought. 'You have to eat it anyway.' "
Gallagher recalled working up a routine in verse and playing it for an agent who was shaving in a hotel room. The agent managed a singer and performer named Jim Stafford, a big draw in the region. Gallagher went to work for Stafford as a gofer; Stafford in turn taught Gallagher about stagecraft, how to organize an act, and how to present himself. (Stafford now sings and plays guitar on the "Smothers Brothers Show.")
is the guy, that you mention at the top of the show, who you reached out to, perhaps Jon Stewart?